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BELLY DANCE INSTRUCTIONS - BEGINNERS TO ADVANCED
Bellydance Teachers, Learn Belly dancing and Middle Eastern Dance

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Fahtiem's Bellydance Classes - "Fahtiem, Award Winning Teacher, Dancer, Choereographer." Fahtiem teaches in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lakewood, Montebello, La Mirada, Monterey Park, East L.A., and Rowland Heights.
fahtiem@fahtiem.com - 626 810 9470

Tonya Chianis: of Tonya and Atlantis, Belly Dance Instructor, Teacher, Choreographer, MC. Learn the proper technique and showmanship necessary to be a Top Quality Dancer: Let Tonya share her vast knowledge and professionalism with you Discover the Real You through the Wonderful Art of Le Danse Oriental.

Tonya teaches bellydance classes in Orange County, Huntington Beach, San Pedro, Long Beach, and LOS ANGELES / SANTA MONICA (LA COUNTY), DOWNEY / NORWALK / CERRITOS.

For more information Go to http://www.tonya-and-atlantis.com/classes.htm. Please call Tonya for more information on all classes: (562) 434-3987. Learn Zil Mastery / All Styles Taught / All Levels Welcome. Private Classes by Appointment

MORE TEACHERS:

ADASHA - (aka Patricia Prata) 323 646 7731 or Email - Bellydance Instructional Classes in Hollywood, California (Los Angeles Area). Specialties include zills (finger cymbals or zagats), cane dancing (Raks Al Assaya), and sword dancing (Raks Al Sayf). Adasha's Super Star Belly Dancers are beautiful with mesmerizing performances loved by audiences of all ages all over the world. Adasha is also available for private lessons and workshops. www.superstardancers.com

Adelia-ZENOUBA - Zenoubadance@yahoo.com / (323) 868-8794 - Her teaching style is easy to follow, yet classes are challenging, fast paced and rewarding as she assists students in creating muscle memory by strengthening the mind / body connection through her exciting workout class "Bellyrobics" or "XoomHips." She also teaches the ancient and feminine art of Belly Dancing. This Class focuses on basic movement, veil, zills and isolations from countries throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Technique is taught and drilled in each class and strung together to create mini-choreographies. Classes held in Arcadia, Monrovia and City of Commerce in California. www.ZenBellyDance.com

ADRIANA - info@dancingitup.com or 909-276-5050, dance instructor and entertainer specializing in Polynesian Dance (hula/Tahitian) and Belly Dance. Adriana offers group and private lessons in Chino Hills, CA. www.dancingitup.com or http://www.facebook.com/DancingItUp

Aisha Ali - PHONE: (310)  474-4867 / aisha@aisha-ali.com. Studio located on Kelton Avenue in West Los Angeles, California. BELLYDANCE CLASSES: Learn belly dance technique, improvisation, and folk styles. Raqs Sharqi (oriental dance). Egyptian Ghawazee (gypsy style), Tunisian shaabi, Algerian Ouled Naïl and Moroccan Shikhat, Turkish belly dance, Khaliji (Gulf), Persian Motreb, Jar dances, Saidi cane dances, and zefah, Zar (trance) dances. For class schedule and prices check http://aisha-ali.com.

AKASHA STARR - bellygoddess5@yahoo.com or (714) 271-2477 - Currently, Akasha shares her passion with her belly dance students in the Orange County area by teaching beginners and intermediate students privately in her home studio as well as the Brea Community Center. Private and group lessons by request.

ALANA an Egyptian Bellydancer and Brazilian Samba dancer, located in Los Angeles, California, entertains in the Southern California area, and teaches classes privately in small groups. Los Angeles, CA. Call (310) 302-7470 or email alanadances@gmail.com

AMAR teaches beginning and intermediate modern Egyptian style bellydance classes in the Glendora and Azusa, California area. She teaches private lessons as well. Amar’s teaching methods are fun and unique. Her main concentration is on rhythms and technique. These classes are for anyone who is interested in learning belly dance and advancing their technique while having fun. For more information contact Amar or call (626) 922-2374 or visit her website www.amaregyptianbellydance.com

Anaheed teaches belly dance classes for students, beginners through advanced. Current group classes taught on Thursdays in GRANADA HILLS, California.: Current group classes taught on Thursdays - Beginning: and Intermediate levels. Please call or Email for more exact times and locations and before attending class for the first time. Visit web site for more info. http://www.anaheed.com or pone 818 893-9019. Private lessons = hourly rates. / Seminars can be scheduled for your group, locally or out of town.

Angela Buttrey is an international performer, instructor, and choreographer with over 25 years of experience. A native of Greece, she tours a variety of countries each year to learn  more so she can teach  fabulous styles of  this beautiful art form.  She has appeared on TV, worked with famous bands and singers, produced shows, directed her own dance companies and produced amazing dancers in different countries. Her styles are versatile and authentic. She specializes in Egyptian and Turkish styles. She teaches veils, canes, finger cymbals, sword, candelabra-dance and even dancing with a snake. Her shimmies are unique and she has been compared with the famous legendary dancers of Egypt. In her classes, not only you will have a wonderful time and absolute fun, but you will become a dynamic and passionate dancer. You will tone, firm up and mentally relax! Angela teaches in Los Angeles, Torrance, Woodland Hills and Westchester. She is available to teach master workshops and coach you to be an entertainer whether you are a beginner or advanced dancer. She teaches in Santa Barbara and also Athens Greece in the summertime. Phone 310-7555894 or email angela.buttrey@gmail.com - www.angelabuttrey.com

Anisa's School of Dance, 14252 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, (818) 908-8008, anisa@anisadance.com Basic Technique: Intermediate: Choreography: Veils/shimmies/cymbals: Intermediate/Advanced/troupe: Anisa has been teaching belly dance for 24 years and has two instructional videos.

The Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre & Dance School, 230 W Main Street (two blocks E of Atlantic) Alhambra, CA 91801, Phone 626/458-1234 Fax 626/458-0113 Email presents BELLYDANCE CLASSES: Aubre teaches Beginner Level belly dance, Level one with Cymbals, and Level 2 and 3 PLUS we have Mixed Beginning Level One bellydancing classes with Kamala.

Asha Sa'id - As a Bellydance instructor, Asha Sa'id offers a fun and exciting dance workout in a supportive and friendly atmosphere and is passionate about nurturing a love of bellydance in all her students. Asha teaches beginning and intermediate level bellydance classes where the focus is on technique, stage presence (especially for those who wish to perform), musicality and musical interpretation. Asha also teaches beginning level Middle-Eastern drumming (Doumbek) for those who dancers who wish to understand rhythms in a deeper understanding and also for those who would like to play for dancers and would like an better understanding of how drummers and dancers communicate on during performances or drum circles.  As an instructor, Asha focuses on her students learning in a comfortable environment with a balance of focus and fun. Her classes always include a thorough, step-by-step breakdown of the moves, stressing strong posture, safe technique and graceful movement. Classes will be held in Moreno Valley, CA 92557.  For general class and studio information or to schedule a private lesson, please call (951) 970-5385 or send an email to info@academyofworlddance.com.  You can also go to www.facebook.com/academyofworlddance for a current schedule.

Atéa has a series of belly dance DVD lessons that you can watch anytime. Call (909) 624-1058 or email atea@magicalmotion.com for more information or visit www.magicalmotion.com.

Aubre - aubre@aubredance.com or 323.868.7111 - http://www.aubrehill.com -- Aubre's dance background includes classical, jazz, hiphop, tap, and her main passion, Bellydance. Aubre's classes provide a strong foundation of technique based on the Suhaila Salimpour format (Aubre is Level 2 certified) as well as artistic expression, musical interpretation, regional styles, and prop work. Aubre is also a certified pilates instructor. All bellydance classes are held at The Center of Worldance in Alhambra, California. For more information on belly dance classes or to book bellydance entertainment, contact Aubre.

BELLYTWINS, Veena and Neena Bidasha, Los Angeles Area. The Bellywins Bellydance and Bollywood; Los Angeles Area. Classes: private and group. Call 888 41-BELLY go to www.bellytwins.com or email bellytwins@bellytwins.com

Blanca Luz Academy of Performing Arts in Buena Park, CA - Flamenco, Ballet and Bellydance Classes in Orange County, California. 714 522 3944 / YourOtherRtFoot@blancaluzacademy.com

BORKA - Beginning/Intermediate Belly Dance. These classes present the full vocabulary of dance movement oriented toward improvisational performance. Learn the basics including step combination, presentation, veil, finger cymbals and floor work. Classes held in Westchester, CA. For more info, contact Borka Zubrinic, borkaz@yahoo.com or 310 701 8703 or go to the website,
www.borkadancer.com.

Burning Incense
, High Desert Belly Dance Class Information: Learn Middle Eastern dance by one of Southern California's most innovative and in demand dancers. Classes taught by Jennifer, a member of Burning Incense Bellydance Troupe. Learn the ancient and feminine art of Belly Dancing with Jennifer in a nonjudgmental environment. Classes focus on basic movement, veil, zills, and isolations from countries throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Classes held in Victorville, California. Beginning Belly Dance, Learn basic movements, rhythm patterns, posture, and history. Intermediate Belly Dance, Learn layering, technique, choreography, and involvement in student troupe Veils of Kashmir. Private instruction also available, ciarcelt@hotmail.com or 760-887-2316.
Jenniferbellydance.blogspot.com - for more information.

CATHARAE - catharae@msn.com or call 909 982 6475. Private and group lessons available. Most of the classes are ongoing, repeating every 4-6 weeks. Private lessons are available by appointment. Montclair, Corona, Redlands, Rialto, Laverne, Rancho Cucamonga and Walnut, California. Classes include beginning and intermediate sessions. Also available for group dance lessons / parties.

CHRISTINE - Christine Honer - Whittiertribalbellydancers@gmail.com or 661-717-5010. Christine is experienced in ballet, jazz, modern, Egyptian, Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style (ATS) bellydance. Christine is located in Whittier, Ca and currently performs with ATS group Haven Belly Dance Collective and teaches group classes in Level 1 Tribal Fusion Bellydance.

CIANA teaches a Beginning/Intermediate Belly Dance Class at her home in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California.. For information contact Ciana at 626 335-8021 or cjo1229@yahoo.com.

CLARITA, Flamenco Dancer, The Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre & Dance School - 27 West Main Street, Suite B, Alhambra, CA 91801, 626/458-1234 Fax 626/458-0113 Email. The Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre has opened a school dedicated to the study of the art of Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Regional Folk dance, along with creating a home for the Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre Company. Clarita, dancer, teacher and choreographer has an extensive background in all facets of Spanish dance, covering regional folk dances, Escuela Bolera (the original form of Spanish dance), and of course, Flamenco. Clarita has devoted her life to mastering and preserving this specialized art form through performing and teaching. Currently, she has an extensive school in Los Angeles, and participates in school programs, demonstrating the dance and its techniques. www.clarita-arteflamenco.com

CRIS! (805) 685-0058 or cris @ bellydanceland.com / www.bellydanceland.com -- Cris! Basimah is an award-winning belly dancer, teacher and choreographer from Santa Barbara, California. She specializes in dance styles of the Middle East such as Raqs sharqi, folk dance, and Latin cultures. Cris! offers beginner bellydance classes geated toward students who have never taken belly dance before to ones with less than 2 years of experience. Intermediate classes require previous experience with veil, drum solo, taqsim and finger cymbals. The class focuses on advancing and perfecting technical and performance skills. She also offers workshops in Wings of Isis, Veil, Drum Solo, etc., as well as her unique Latin-Arabic Fusion for Belly Dancers.

C'TIYA currently teaches Beginning Bellydancing in Moreno Valley. She is also available for private lessons for those who are interested.  Contact her at cblair913@gmail.com or 951 318 3149.

C'ZAHEEN - www.zaheenbellydancing.com - C'Zaheen teaches private and group classes which range from beginning to advanced level classes. Classes consist of several styles of belly dance including Folkloric, Egyptian, Cabaret, American and Lebanese styles. Students need to have 6 months experience in bellydance. If the student is trained in other dance forms, they need to have atleast one year's experience in that dance form. Riverside, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, Orange County and Los Angeles County. zaheenentertainment@yahoo.com or call  951-364-4016 .

Dancing Rahana - Belly Dance Instructor & Performer Rahana offers Weekly Belly Dance Classes in Los Angeles on the Westside (Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA). Beginner's through advanced lessons with an opportunity to join a student dance troupe.  Private lessons and workshops are also available.  Contact Rahana for more information 310.612.7622 / DancingRahana@aol.com

Dancing Tehani - Belly Dance Classes in Long Beach, CA. She specializes in belly dance fusion (including elements of fire, sword, Polynesian, hip hop and Latin dance). She teaches an ongoing FREE belly dance class in Long Beach through Homeland Cultural Center on Tuesday nights.  562.230.9194 / DancingTehani@gmail.com. www.dancingtehani.com

DENELL DILLEY - Belly Love Belly Dance at Dilley's Dance Studio - www.dilleysdancestudio.com - ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA, 760 889 5050 or bellylovebellydance@gmail.com - Belly dance is a fun way to incorporate aerobic exercise and improve your flexibility, balance and muscle tone. There are belly dance classes for students at all levels of experience. Our classes involve a breakdown of dance movements, use of finger symbols, veils, floor-work and more. Classes are held at Dilley's Dance Studio in North San Diego County in Encinitas, California.

DIANA - DianeBrill@live.com - Tribal Bellydance Classes - Orange County, CA. 949-481-4501. Tribal Style Belly dancing embraces the feminine goddess energy within all women who face a world dominated by male energy. Tribal Bellydancing embraces individuality and creativity and allows one to feel the movements through the connection to the music thus becoming one with it. It a lso allows us to grow emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually as it helps build confidence in all areas of our lives. Learn graceful and exotic body movements, traditional belly dance moves and modern fusion. Have fun and come join the Tribe!

Diana Gypsy Dancer, aka Diane Ona, bluekatlady@hotmail or 951-313-7363 specializes in American cabaret, folk, Greek, Turkish and Armenian style belly dancing is now located in Apple Valley, CA in the high desert. Her bellydance classes are offered through the Town of Apple Valley and private lessons are available. Classes are designed to promote wellness and self esteem to women of all ages and sizes.

DILEK THE TURKISH DELIGHT, teaches Middle Eastern Orientale and Turkish Gypsy at her home studio for group, semi-private or private lessons and San Diego, O.C. and L.A., CA. dkhoss@cox.net / 619-459-4894 - www.turkishdancer.com

Dolphina The Goddess Center is pleased to announce its opening with a series of Goddess Workout Bellydance classes with Dolphina & Full Moon Events. The Goddess Center is a private sanctuary from the ordinary located in Marina del Rey. Opened as a gathering place for women to be inspired, enriched, and to celebrate in a supportive environment. Call 310-281-7447 for class schedule and to register. Los Angeles area. Full Moon Events: Be enriched, inspired and have fun each Full Moon in a supportive environment as we honor The Goddess Center’s Goddess of the Month. The program includes: creating our Goddess Circle, altar, and connecting with each Goddess on a personal level in the first hour. In the next two hours, we will be inspired by this Divine woman in fun and interactive rituals with guest speakers, instructors and presenters. Please call our hotline: 310-281-7447 for more information and to register

ELISSA - Bellydancer and Teacher in Torrance and the South Bay, California, elisecaloca@hotmail.com, (626) 506-7351

Elizabeth Mahina, 805-796-5902, ElizArtist@verizon.net, teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance in the San Fernando Valley at the Agoura Hills, Calabasas Community Center, and from her home studio in Newbury Park, California.

ENHEDUANNA / TINA. Orange County Classes taught in Laguna Hills, Dana Point and San Clemente. Bellydance classes available for Beginner through Advanced students. For 19 years Tina Enheduanna has been dedicated to the professional and artistic representation of Middle Eastern Dance. Known for her fluidity and her richly expressive interpretation of Middle Eastern music, she performs in Middle Eastern venues from Los Angeles to San Diego. In South Orange County, California, she offers 4 levels of instructions, exploring many different aspects and styles for a broader understanding of this classical art form. This dance is known for its earthy power and fluid femininity. It is presented as a fun and exciting workout in a supportive atmosphere. No experience necessary. Students perform in an annual Recital which benefits Women for Women International. More Information: www.enheduanna.com, or Tina~Enheduanna at Cell: 949-842-5989. Tina@Enheduanna.com

ESTRELLA - ESCONDIDO, CA. Come and join Estrella's beginning belly dance classes! The classes will concentrate on the basic techniques of belly dancing including American Cabaret and Egyptian styles. No belly dancing experience necessary. Estrella also offers bi-lingual classes. Please wear comfortable clothing and a hip scarf if you have one. Bring a workout towel, some water, and a desire to learn and have fun! (760) 715-5737 or estrella@estrellabellydancer.com
Web Site: www.estrellabellydancer.com

ETOILE - Classes in the Inland Empire from Basic to Intermediate level. No experience nessesary. Private and group instruction available in Yucaipa, Redlands, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, and Highland areas. Mini lessons for booked events also available. Contact superstarbeads@yahoo.com (951) 970-5385.

Europa TEACHES BELLYDANCE in Hollywood, CALIFORNIA 323 467-0825 HAVE FUN - TONE YOUR BODY LEARNING THE ART OF BELLYDANCE - DANCE HISTORY- ARABIC MUSIC - VEIL WORK - FINGER CYMBALS - DRUM SOLO - DANCE IMPROVISATION - EMPHASIS ON TECHNIQUE - emacla@earthlink.net

Princess Farhana's Belly Dance Classes - Learn this beautiful ancient art from a well-informed teacher in a supportive atmosphere. Ongoing Beginning and Mixed level Belly Dance classes with emphasis on: *Egyptian-style and Folkloric Technique *Finger cymbals and veil work *Musical Analysis *Choreography - Wednesday Night  Belly Dance Class at Dance Garden in Los Angeles on-going, mixed levels  (advanced beginner through performance-ready) Egyptian as well as other styles of belly dance technique including: shimmies and layering, abdominal work hand and arms technique, combinations, improvisation, veils and finger cymbals. For more information: email jenna@beyondbellydance.com or (323) 660-4556 (studio) or pgehman@earthlink.net. Private instruction also available, especially for sword or shamadan. Contact Farhana: 323 460 4890 for more information.

FARRAH TALEI - Beginning Belly dance classes are available in Los Angeles, Studio City, and Orange County, California. Farrah is also available for private coaching, choreography and performances. 818-746-7553 or FarrahTalei@gmail.com or visit www.FarrahTalei.com

FATIMA teaches classes at LUMINA ACADEMY OF DANCE - She is currently the leader of "The Butterflies" Dance Troupe. Learn to Belly Dance, for Children and Adults - 1052 North Allen Ave, PASADENA. Ca 91104. (626) 296-2812 or (626)757-4018 or fatima_a_mendoza@hotmail.com - luminaacademy.com

FAYME ZELENA HARPER - Private and semi-private belly dance classes in Anaheim, CA, by appointment. I am open to teaching your special group if you have a place to meet. The person providing the space gets their class free. (Orange County Only). Voice Mail 360-232-6237 or email: queenofdreams@gmail.com Blog: http://bellydancetips.blogspot.com 

GENIE YOGINI - Genie teaches Belly Dancing for Mixed levels PLUS Bollywood Dancing, Chi Gong and Yoga at her studio in Hawthorne, CA. The new dance rage is Bollywood Dance!!  It's a hot, sassy, mixture of Belly Dancing, Classical and Folk Indian dance packed with the exciting rhythms and songs of India's Bollywood film industry.  It's a fun and great workout. Genii has been performing classical Mohiniattam Indian Dance for several yearsand has traveled to India numerous times to gain indepth knowledge of Indian classical, gypsy and Bollywood dancing.  Genie spent a month studying gypsy dance in Rajasthan. Contact Genie Yogini, genieyogini@yahoo.com or (310) 644-1186. www.genieyogini.com

GINGER BEST - LEARN TRIBAL STYLE BELLYDANCE - basic American Tribal Style, ATS moves and combos in the style of Fat Chance Belly Dance. Casses in Whittier, California draw students from the surrounding areas of Norwalk, Pico Rivera, La Habra, Downey, Santa Fe Springs and Montebello. The classes are basic/beginning Tribal belly dance. Call (562) 777-4944 to reserve your space. Drop ins are welcome. gingerbest@juno.com

HADIA HABIBI - Inland Empire cabaret Belly Dance Entertainer, Instructor & Belly Dance Fitness Coach - ilove2bellydance@gmail.com or 760-780-8864 - Classes in Riverside and private lessons throughout the Inland Empire CA. Shimmy Shape-up - Stretching, Strengthening and Bellydance techniques to improve your core that will get any dancer into top shape! Whether you want to be a Dancing Diva or just improve your overall wellness, this class is for you. But come prepared for a fun workout and bring a yoga mat and water. Much more fun than the gym. Welcome to Fun Fitness! Recommended for any inspiring or serious Belly Dancer, Samba Dancer, Salsa Dancer or Break Dancer. Requirements: Motivation, positive attitude, Bare feet, yoga mat, water.Bellydance Combos, Choreography and Props - Techniques from Hard Core Bellydance will be applied and the dancer in you emerges! With a strong core you will have a great center developed for Veil, Cane, Sword and other props used in Bellydance Entertainment. This class gives you the option to perform. Let's Bellydance. Requirements: Motivation, positive attitude, bare feet, yoga mat, water. Must take at least 5 weeks of Hadias beginning class first, if you have no previous bellydance experience. Knowing how to spin is a plus. Hadia has most props avail for students, except silk veil. She highly encourages you to have your own props.

HAVEN BELLYDANCE COLLECTIVE - Orange County, California Fullerton)has a beginning Fat Chance Belly Dance Style ATS class taught by Cynthia Deere on Wednesday nights starting at 8:30 PM. For info contact us at havenbdc@sbcglobal.net.

Heather Shoopman - Award winning tribal fusion dancer, Heather Shoopman, teaches classes using movement for healing, creativity and fun!  She teaches in Los Angeles: Atwater Village/ Eagle Rock/ Pasadena -- Heather teaches weekly classes on LA's east side. Her style of teaching inspires physical fitness, creativity and personal growth in a safe, fun environment. Learn to use this beautiful ancient art form to ground, focus and open your heart. Heather draws from experience in American Tribal Style® and Egyptian cabaret bellydance, and is sometimes known to add accents of Ancient Indian, African or hip hop dance. Heather is also a healer and brings this knowledge to her classes. She is passionate about prenatal bellydance. A wonderful class for birth preparation, bellydance will help strengthen the muscles used in labor. Moms are welcome in class, please advise her of your pregnancy upon your arrival so the contraindications will be pointed out. Heather has had training in both pre-natal bellydance and massage. HEATHER is also available for private individual or group lessons. Please contact her for fee information. Call 323.377.8192 or email

HELENA VLAHOS is a precise, energetic performer and instructor with a wealth of knowledge to share! She teaches improvisation and choreography, zills, veil, cane, arms, hip articulations, upper body, belly work (with quarters & dollars), and rhythms with zills (beledy, Maqsum, saidi, chifte telli, 9/8 and 6/8, to name a few). Helena is teaching an ongoing class at Dance Garden LA in Los Angeles, CA. More classes to be added soon! Check her website at www.HelenaVlahos.com. 818-618-9746 or helenavlahosdance@gmail.com

International Arts Academy-- Beginner's Belly Dance Class on Saturdays, at the new International Arts Academy, located at 20628 E. Arrow Hwy #3, in Covina, California. Studio: 626 653-1111.

IRINAXARA offers location-based private or small group instruction in bellydance basics, bellydance fusion (with Raqs Sharqi movement vocabulary base) and folkloric fusion styles in Orange County and Los Angeles County irinaxara@gmail.com or (949)394-9228.
http://www.irinaxaradance.com

Jacqui Lalita - Using rhythm and motion as a bridge to transcend cultural borders, Jacqui has danced across Europe, North Africa, Indonesia and the Americas. With a vibrant array of world dances and moving meditations, she has a mastery for excavating the authentic dancer in students of all ages and abilities. The exuberant and exotic style of her healing dance retreats offer an enchanting escapade into Spirit. Classes from Venice Beach to Malibu, CA - Contact Jacqui:
goddessrevival@gmail.com or (310) 781-0763


JAYNA, Playful Bellydancer / Instructor,
email jayna_bo_baina@yahoo.com, 626 644 1870 (cell) BEGINNER BELLYDANCING CLASS, Monday 8:30PM AT OOH LA LA DANCE ACADEMY with BELLYDANCE SUPERSTAR INSTRUCTOR JAYNA KOUZOUYAN. Her movements will mesmerize you. Jayna recently moved to San Diego and currently tours around the world with Bellydance Superstars.  She starts her class in LaJolla, CA with "BELLYQUAKE" which is a zumba-esque cardio workout and dives right into bellydancing movement & fun traditional dance combos.  

JEN MCDONALD - teaches bellydance classes in Granada Hills, Pasadena and Los Angeles, California in American Tribal Style and offers a variety of workshops for all levels of dancers. Jen@twistedgypsy.com or 818-368-4655 or go to www.twistedgypsy.com

JENNA - Jenna's Bellydance Classes in ATWATER VILLAGE, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. Anyone can enjoy the experience of learning to bellydance! If you have never danced a step in your life, or if you are experienced in other types of dance, you are encouraged to explore this healthy form of movement. Jenna's classes are designed to be clear and easy to follow, yet challenging, in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. In beginner classes, movements and steps are broken down systematically, always stressing strong posture, safe technique and graceful movement. Intermediate, Advanced and choreography classes are rooted in technique, and help develop a dancer's poise, presentation, improvisation, transitions & expression. Jenna has been teaching middle-eastern dance since 1997, and became AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of America) certified in 1999. She has conducted middle-eastern dance workshops at universities, corporate health programs and dance studios in New York, Tokyo & Miami. You can book Jenna to teach a workshop in your area. Private lessons or specially-arranged group classes are available by appointment. A great way to celebrate baby showers, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties with your friends. Please ask about gift certificates. Contact Jenna at (323) 660-4556 or email jenna@beyondbellydance.com, or mail to Jenna c/o DanceGardenLA, 3191 Casitas Ave, Ste. 112, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA 90039. http://www.beyondbellydance.com

Jennifer - Jenniferbellydance.blogspot.com - Jennifer’s teaching style is easy and relaxed yet classes are challenging, fast paced, and rewarding as she assists students in creating muscle memory by strengthening the mind/body connection which seems to be lacking in these modern times. Learn the ancient and feminine art of Belly Dancing with Jennifer in a nonjudgmental environment. Classes focus on basic movement, veil, zills, and isolations from countries throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Combinations are taught and drilled in each class and strung together to create mini-choreographies. Classes held in Victorville, California. Beginning Belly Dance: Learn basic movements, rhythm patterns, posture, and history. Intermediate Belly Dance: Learn layering, technique, choreography, and involvement in student troupe the Velvet Plume Dance Company. Private instruction also available, contact ciarcelt@hotmail.com or 760-887-2316.

Jenza has been dancing for 36 years and teaching for 33. Jenza is the second generation of a 3-generation Belly Dance family (Mom Samira and daughter Elayssa). She is one of the "old school" belly dancers who will teach you to dance from the heart. Jenza will show you the basics and beyond using her own special technique embodying emotional expression using breath, posture and gesture. Jenza teaches American Cabaret, Turkish Cabaret, passionate Gypsy Skirt dancing, and Fusion styles. Finger cymbals, veils, props (candle, sword & tray), and old style movements from the 1970's including the belly roll are covered in her classes. Her beginning and intermediate classes can be found in Newhall and Chatsworth. Jenza produces local events, and makes beautiful costumes for sale. 818-451-3243 or jenza@jenza.com and visit her website at www.jenza.com

JJ and the Habibis  - Laguna Beach, CA. Jheri St. James has been dancing since 1981 and teaching since 1987. Classes are offered both on an introductory and intermediate level and cover all aspects of La Danse Orientale: Fundamental Movements, Finger Cymbals, Veil Dancing, Folkloric Stylings, Balancing Props, Costumes, Complete Routine, Choreography, Recital and Field Trip. Over the many years, Jheri has developed her curriculum so that beginners and intermediate level students can learn and perfect their skills together. Bellydance & Yoga Classes through Laguna Beach CA Rec Dept.
Contact: jheristjames@yahoo.com or (949) 494-5031 (phone/fax) or visit www.JheriCo.net

Judy Acuna, San Bernardino, CA, director of "Va Va Voom!" a troupe devoted to American style belly dance. Judy teaches bellydance classes in the Inland Empire area at the Yucaipa Community Center. Classes include Belly Dance 101 for new dancers and Belly Dance and Beyond for dancers with experience. She will also be teaching a "Spanish Fusion" class focusing on a skirt-swinging gypsy style. She teaches for the San Bernardino Adult School during the school year and a "crash course" for one month during the summer. The primary objective in ALL her classes is FUN! blydancr@hotmail.com or 909-644-2233

KALI SUNDARI is a professional bellydancer and bellydance instructor from Ventura County. She teaches at "The Passionate Spirit" Dance Academy in Oxnard and at the Wellness Center in Fillmore. In addition, Kali is available to teach private and semi-private lessons. Teaching a creative blend of American Cabaret, Tribal, and Modern Egyptian styles, Kali encourages students to appreciate and enjoy their bodies, feel the music, and translate music into movement, while increasing their strength, flexibility, technique, fluidity, and individual expression. Visit www.kalisundari.com for details. 818-445-9601 or kali@kalisundari.com.

KAMALA - kimdance@earthlink.net - Kamala believes it is important when looking for a Belly Dance teacher to find someone with extensive professional qualifications and dance experience. Her students include professional soloists and troupe members, as well as students interested in fun and exercise. All are welcome! Her students have won first place in the “Belly Dancer of the Universe” competition yearly from 1999 to 2011. Kamala’s passion is for choreography, and she is available for workshops and individual choreographies. Kamala offers many opportunities for student performance. Her current classes are located in Alhambra, Atwater Village, and Glendale, CA. She teaches beginning bellydance and advanced choreography. Also, she has a class called "Bellyrina" which combines belly dance with a ballet warmup. Contact Kamala at (626) 824 7767 or kimdance@earthlink.net - For more info go to www.kamaladance.com

KAMAR Bellydance Classes/Instruction - sialid2600@mypacks.net Bellydance Classes with Kamar in Long Beach and Whittier, CALIFORNIA. Kamar has Beginning and Intermediate Adults and Teens Classes - all classes are ongoing. Advanced Choreography/Troupe Class - Adults and teens only. Sorry no children under 12 yrs. This is a performance class and participants have an opportunity to perform with our show troupe, Kamar and Jewels of Fire. A costume construction class may be offered free in the spring to all our students. Located at One Body Studios in Whittier, California and Kick It Up Studio in Long Beach, California. For information on class fees and payment options, contact Kamar at 562 864-4985.

KARIMA - 818 932 9607 or khstudio@yahoo.com - Karima Habiba has been dancing and performing Folkloric and Modern Arabia BellyDance for over 14 years. She started teaching in the Inland Empire in 1997 and performedat the Ren-Faires North and South. After moving to the San Fernando Valley, Karima Habiba became the Belly Dance instructor at Powerhouse Sports and also a certified Senior Fitness Instructor with a strong Pilates background. Now Karima Habiba owns a Studio in Woodland Hills. Guest workshops, Fusion Tribal, Folkloric, Drumming, Finger Cymbals, Veils, Belly Dance Competitions, Junior Dancers, Art hip hop, Salsa/Rumba are all available through her studio. http://www.karimahabibastudio.com

KATIA LOPEZ - katia@losangelesbellydancer.com or (323) 252-5766 - www.losangelesbellydancer.com-- Los Angeles, CA. If you would like private belly dance lessons or to attend a workshop, Katia will teach you the secrets of her dance moves step by step, breaking down the moves, one vertebra at a time. If you are interested in learning how to belly dance, lessons / classes are taken to the comfort of your home by Katia. Get Fit with Belly Dance. Belly Dance is one of the Best exercises, because it works all your muscles, even the hidden ones in your belly.

LAILAH - Bellydance Classes with Lailah in South Gate, Downey and Redondo Beach. For more info: 213-447-6658 or lailah_yasmina@yahoo.com Work out to tone and shape your body while learning the beautiful ancient art of belly dance.  These are mixed level classes that focus on body alignment while building up stamina.  Upper and lower body exercises that focus on stomach, arm and hand movements, hip/buttock isolations, shimmies, layering, and undulations are taught to rhythmical North African beats.   The finer points of basic to intermediate finger cymbals (zils) and veil work are covered.  Performance opportunities for student recital shows are available. Visit the website at www.iberianentertainment.com

LAURIE, Tribal Belly Dancer, has been bellydancing since 1999. She discovered American Tribal Styl® ATS® bellydance in 2003. A former member of Subee Djinn, she is now FatChanceBellyDance® certified Teacher and Sister Studio. She facilitates L.A. Tribal, Tanda Neelam, and Tribal Dance Jam, based in the Los Angeles area. She has ongoing classes in Woodland Hills. For more information & studio location go to: www.latribal.net

Leela, Bellydance Artist and Instructor - Glendale, California - leelaBellydance@aol.com / 818.558.0801 - From her extensive background in classical dance forms, Leela brings FUN and EXCITEMENT to her popular teaching style, delighting her students with her contagious enthusiasm and playfulness. Leela's teaching deeply engages each dancer in both her own individual experience and the shared magic of the group as well. Classes focus on TECHNIQUE with excellent, easy breakdowns; veil, zils, combinations and choreography, and improvisational creativity. COME PLAY! Classes held in Glendale / Montrose / La Crescenta / La Cañada.

Leila's Gypsy Dance Classes - Leila teaches out of her private home. Contact Leila at gypsycello@yahoo.com

LILLA VARESE's love of dance, along with her training and perhaps her smattering of Arabic ancestry combine to make her an authentic, refined Middle Eastern dancer. Lilla's modern Egyptian style is elegant and fluid. Her stage presence is charismatic, joyful and inspired. Lilla is proficient with finger cymbals, as well as a variety of props including veil, cane, and balancing. Lilla is also trained in a variety of other Middle Eastern dance styles including folkloric, Persian, Turkish and gypsy/tribal, as well as in flamenco and classical Indian dance. Her breadth of experience makes her an eclectic, versatile and polished performer.  Lilla Varese teaches group Belly Dance classes in 6-week sessions in the Newport Beach / Costa Mesa area. Call 714 357 9655 for more information. lilla@lilladance.com or visit www.lilladance.com

LIZET- American Tribal Style Bellydancer - madeiramoondance@yahoo.com, 310 863 6207 - http://www.wix.com/madeiramoondance/lizet-madeira
Lizet Madeira teaches private and semi-private classes in the LAX area, including El Segundo , California, in American Tribal Style Belly Dance (ATS) and is ATS Certified from Carolena Nericcio, the Director of Fat Chance Belly Dance. Tribal Belly Dance is as much a dance style as it is a language. It combines Ehtnic Tribal, Middle Eastern and East Indian dance. In ATS the leader gives a cue to let the other dancers know what the next move will be. The beauty of this dance is not only that it is fabulous exercise, but also you will have the ability to dance in harmony with people you have never met who speak/dance the same language. Classes will focus on teaching basic tribal belly dance moves including the flexibility and muscle control needed to perform them. Lizet believes in executing the moves properly, dancing to the best of your ability, but most of all, in having a lot of fun. Lizet has 10 years belly dance experience in ATS, Tribal Fusion and Cabaret. She has been performing at festivals, drum circles, charity events, farmers markets and private functions. New classes and locations are now forming, so contact her directly for additional information.

MALIKA'S BELLYDANCE CLASSES: After a break into a different career, MALIKA now teaches in her beautiful family owned studio surrounded by lush gardens and a spa atmosphere. Her classes are a combination of strong isolation technique, step breakdown and fun but challenging routines. She also can teach finger cymbals and elaborate veil technique for interested students. Malika has always had an ability to bring energy into the room and draw in the audience which carries over into her teaching. Her other dance studies have been flamenco and Ballroom dancing. Her classes are taught in her private studio in North Hills (in between Van Nuys and Northridge). www.malikadance1.com
ALL STUDENTS GET THEIR FIRST CLASS AT HALF PRICE!
Contact Malika for more info and class times kellsmit@roadrunner.com
(818) 986-9127 Home / (818) 892-2892 Studio / (818) 486-9438 Cell

Mara is a belly dancer and belly dance instructor residing in Orange County, CALIFORNIA. She has studied under Cyriana, Medea, Aleia, Fahteim and Ansuya. Mara integrates Egyptian, Armenian, Turkish and Cabaret styles of dance with a modern flair to create her own unique performing style. Mara is available for private parties, receptions, banquets, clubs, wedding (Zaffa) and restaurant entertainment (sorry, no bachelor parties please). She is skilled with zills, veil, and scimitar and performs outstanding drum solos and floor work. She teaches BELLY DANCE CLASSES through the City of Anaheim in Anaheim and Anaheim Hills, California: Group Belly Dance Classes - 8 week sessions - Beginners and Intermediate lessons.mara@dancingmara.com

MARI (805) 660-1602 or onegypsydancer@yahoo.com - Since July 2006, Mari has been teaching in Los Angeles, Ventura, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. Beginning classes go over basic rhythms and dance steps including veil work. Students will leave class knowing 1 or 2 dances!  Intermediate classes continue dance improvement; focusing on improv dancing and specific rhythms and dancing with finger cymbals. www.onegypsydancer.com

MARIAH,
Belly Dancer teaches YOGA in Carlsbad / Oceanside, California. (760) 727-4545 mariahyoga@yahoo.com As a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance she emphasizes balance, strength and flexibility for the body, mind and spirit to enhance belly dance as well as all aspects of your life. Mariah is featured in the 2000 Video "Yoga and the Art of Belly Dance Vol. 1" with Sohaila International Promotions and Video-Technics Productions.

Marissa shares her passion for Middle Eastern dance and music with her audience and is dedicated to assisting her students express themselves though the elegant art of Raqs Sharki (belly dance). Marissa offers class and private instruction in and around the San Diego area. Call 619-964-6489 or mrbd26@yahoo.com.

MARLENA - teaches in Garden Grove, California. Her student performing group "Troupe Raihaanah" has performed at several belly dance events in L.A. and Orange County. Marlena's teaching style is a reflection of her love of the Egyptian music and admiration of the legendary dancers like Tahia Carioca. Marlena has been studying Raqs Sharki for several years in the Southern California area.  She studied with many prominent master instructors and has developed her own joyful and playful style. Marlena's passion is Egyptian style including Raqs Assaya and dancing with a Shamadan. Her experience with performing for Egyptian, Arab, East Indian and Persian audiences as well as Americans proves that she can entertain and bring smiles to just about any occasion, from the youngest child to the eldest grandparents. For more information her classes, contact her at 714-785-9258 or Marlenadancer@aol.com. www.marlenadancer.com

MELANIE LANE - 323-316-0338 or bellytrance@hotmail.com - teaches Beginning/Mixed level Bellydance in North Hollywood / Los Angeles, CA. This class focuses on traditional "cabaret" Bellydance technique. Combinations will be taught to learn the musicality of the movements.

MELISSA - Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Culver City, Los Angeles area -- LEARN TO BELLYDANCE! for beginners. Have fun dancing in a supporting atmosphere. Learn basic bellydance techniques, including head, shoulder, torso and hip isolations, beautiful arm movements, "shimmies," attitude, stylizations and combinations inspired by Middle Eastern dance. Embrace your Sensual Self through this ancient art of creative movement. Melissa's fun and friendly teaching style will help inspire you to be the best that YOU can be! For more information on private and group instruction, please contact Melissa mellybellydance@yahoo.com

Meryem Vani is currently available to entertain at parties, corporate events, educational presentations and theatrical presentations. She also teaches belly dance in LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA individually or in group seminars with an emphasis on the beneficial aspects of dance movement and the empowerment of the student. Meryem Vani performs various forms of folkloric, cabaret and fusion bellydance. She is proficient in the use of cane, sword, daggers, fans and other props. She will also perform with her ball python by special request! Email meryemvani@aol.com or call 323-662-9332 Faxes can be sent to 323-662-9332. www.dancestoinspire.com

MikaElla - a professional belly dancer and instructor who is offering mixed-level belly dance classes at the city of LA PALMA, CA. Classes are held at the Central Community Park Center, La Palma. Enjoy classes in a spacious room with full mirrors in a fully-staffed building with plenty of parking. mkolost@gmail.com or 818-481-3446.

MINA teaches beginning-intermediate level bellydance classes in Huntington Beach/Newport Beach area of Orange County, CA. The class focuses on the Egyptian cabaret style and understanding rhythms, posture, technique, expression, short combos, zills and veil.  Call 949-500-2819 or email Mina at minabellydance@gmail.com for more information.

Namira - Lake Tahoe, Reno, NV, Sacramento CA - www.namiradance.com - Namira@namiradance.com OR (530) 318-2142 currently teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College. Intermediate and Beginning Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance), and Beginning and Intermediate Jazz dance, All classes are held in the College dance studio. Private, semi-private, and small group classes are available by appointment at my studio, or at your location.  Please contact me for more information.Many different styles of dance are available for instruction, choreography and performances.  Middle Eastern (Belly dance), Hula, Tahitian, Ballet, Jazz, lyrical, hip hop, partnering, and Latin.  Exercise classes including private weight training, yoga and pilates, are also available upon request. "Dance lesson parties" are especially popular for bridal showers, baby showers, women's club meetings and birthday parties for women and little girls. Our dancers are available for "meet and greet" socializing at parties and events.

NANCY YOUNG: Sunroom Belly Dance, A sister studio of FatChanceBellyDance, Claremont, CA 91711 call (909) 621-0224 or ncayoung@verizon.net. CLASSES: Nancy Young is a certified instructor of American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance, teaching at her home studio, Sunroom Belly Dance, in Claremont, CA. Level 1: Dance Fundamentals (1 hour) ~ This 6-class series introduces dance posture, basic fast and slow steps, zils (finger cymbals), and group formations in which dancers take turns leading and following. Beginning ATS dancers should start with this series, even if they have studied other styles of belly dance. More experienced ATS dancers are also welcome and encouraged to attend Level 1 classes. If you want to master this beautiful dance form, you should repeat the Level 1 and 2 series several times.
https://sites.google.com/site/sunroombellydance/

NASILA - Culver City and Glendale, CA (310) 766-3728 or nasila@laraqs.com. Teaches a Beginning Bellydance walk-in class at DanceGardenLA in Atwater Village, near Glendale, CA.

Natasya Katsikaris: Classes in the Ventura and OJAI, CA - Natasya's classes combine the best of the west (musical count and movement break-downs) with the soul of the east (improvisation and music interpretation). Traditional Near Eastern Style, American Tribal Style, Urban Tribal Fusion, and "Tribaret".  Beginner / Level 1: Learn basic universal bellydance movement and traditional Near Eastern rhythms, combinations for tribal style group dance. Focus on correct posture and body alignment. Basic Zills (finger cymbals). Intermediate / Level 2: Focus on perfecting traditional zill rhythms and deepening your understanding of near eastern music. Layered and complex movements. Group improvisation. Advanced / Level 3: Musical interpretation for solo and group improvisation. Polish performance skills and develop poise. Advanced movement combinations. Advanced Zills (finger cymbals). Please call to confirm dates of Class Sessions and/or availablility of drop-in class. 805-640-5781 or Email

Neena and Veena, The Belly Twins! Bellydance - Dances of India, Los Angeles Area. BellyTwins, Veena and Neena, DVDs , The Bellywins Dances of India - Classes on Sundays - Ultimate fun and workout. Men, women, and children. Bhangra, Gypsy, India's bellydance. Call 888 41-BELLY for info.

NIKA FEYROUZ -  Nika teaches ATS Fusion (American Tribal Belly Dance), Egyptian, Lebanese, Club Caberet, Ethnic, and fusion Belly Dance. You will get a workout from one of the best Belly Dancers in the Inland Empire. You will learn choreographies, core movement, cabaret and tribal imoprov, and props including sword, zils, basket, tray, veil, double veil, candles, canes, fans and more! Nika Teaches Classes In Southern California... San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Arrowhead, Idyllwild, Covina, Pamona, Upland, and numerous private classes. Great for men, children, pregnant women, handi-capable, and seniors. nika@thedancingbelly.com or (909) 908-0927
www.nikafeyrouz.com and www.thedancingbelly.com

NINA SAHAR - Ninah offers beginning-master level instruction in Oriental and Folkloric dances at her studio in San Diego California. Drumming with Dancing, Sword, Stick, unique Shamanic dance class, Specialty workshops and Chinese energetic healing are also very popular. The clarity of her teaching style and sense of humor have made her a favorite instructor with students and professionals. Contact Ninah at 619 561 5675.

PAULINA - paulina@paulinabellydance.com / 805 857-3812. Paulina has multiple instructional and performance DVDs available and is also the host of an exciting new project called Belly Dance Television (BD-TV). She performs regularly at The Greek at The Ventura Harbor. DANCE STYLE: American Cabaret and Dance Theater Fusion. In 1997 she began teaching her own classes. Her unique style is a fusion of Raks Sharqi and classic Oriental Dance with a unique modern flare. Classes are currently being held in Ventura and Ojai. YOU too can experience the magic of Belly Dance! Contact Paulina Productions for class/performance schedules and details.

PERIZAD - 949 466-0634, or perizaddancer@yahoo.com. Perizad's unique belly dance style blends the percussive, sharp, dynamic larger-than-life styles of Lebanese, Turkish and Greek belly dance with the silky-smooth, elegant, refined and ultra-controlled movements of classical Egyptian.  Her style is pure EXCITEMENT, FUN and SASS!  Her finger cymbal work is among the finest ever heard and she has been complimented by many a top musician on her excellent technique and timing.  She has performed at top restaurants in the Southern California area.  She teaches fun and supportive group classes in Laguna Niguel and other locations in Orange County, California. She is also available for private lessons! Come join us as we shimmer and shimmy. You WILL sweat! www.OCbelly.com and www.perizaddancer.com 

RACHEL GEORGE - Bellydance Classes in LA, San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs areas. Rachel teaches all levels of BellyDance. Currently Level 4 certified in Suhaila Salimpour Format and working on Level 5, Rachel is a highly skilled performer and instructor and continues to teach and perform her incomparable musical interpretation of emotional expression with a deep rooted understanding of dance movement, technique and isolation strength. This amazing art form allows us to develop a creative outlet to embrace our beautiful movements while we learn to hone an amazing skill and technique in a dance that celebrates the fun and joy of expression through movement. All of the instruction follows a very structured easy to understand format based on muscle isolations. Layering these isolations is part of Bellydance and is included in the instruction. Combinations, Choreography, Finger Fymbals, Dance Movement, Folkloric Fusion, Competition Coaching, Professional Presentation, Floor work, Drum Solo Isolations and Stylization and Veil, and then putting it all together into sassy and fun combinations or choreography! www.RachelBellyDance.com / 503-866-1800 or Rachel@RachelBellyDance.com

RAJIIN - 619-818-3237 or oltidwell@sbcglobal.net Rajiin is available for parties, celebrations, weddings or anniversaries in the San Diego, California area. English or Spanish. She was born in Mexico,Rajiin specializes in Cabaret and Egyptian styles. She also uses sword, Isis wings, cane, zills, veil, candle tray, and shamadan. Rajiin is available for private bellydance lessons.

RAQUEL - 562-274-3361or shimmies10@yahoo.com. Raquel offers weekly group classes in 5 week sessions with an opportunity to join a performance troupe.  She is also available for private and semi-private instruction by appointment.  Coming Soon: Adult ballet for bellydancers.  Polish up your turns, gain flexibility and core strength and add grace and elegance to your arm movements.  Great addition to your bellydance curriculum. Classes are held in Downey, Paramount and Southgate, CA.


SABRINA - www.sabrinabellydancer.com - sabrinabellydancer@gmail.com or 858 337 1728. Sabrina has performed for the Royal Families of the Middle East as well as headlined in the nightclubs and restaurants of Los Angeles and Orange County. She has a foundation in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Sabrina has trained with some of the most respected masters in the fields of Western and Middle Eastern dance. While her performance is based in classical Egyptian technique, she also performs tribal fusion belly dance, gothic belly dance and cyber-goth-techno-fusion belly dance at appropriate venues. Weekly Group Belly Dance Classes for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Students. Sabrina is currently taking advanced students and pre-professionals for personalized coaching. Individual and group coaching, competition preparation, choreography, group workshops, advanced props and specialty acts in the San Diego, CA area.

Sabrina-Emily - Bellydancer and Instructor SABRINA has a Private Dance Studio in Riverside, California and also does lessons in the comfort of your home! sabrinabellydance1@gmail.com or 951 275 3743

SA'EEDA - www.arabic-dancer.com - Offering a fun, enthusiastic, no-pressure teaching environment for any level. Sa'eeda has been teaching Classical Egyptian fundamentals, folkloric and improvisational techniques for 20 yrs. Group classes with taught in Santa Monica every Thursday. Private instruction is also available. Please call or email for details and location (310) 337-9299 / saeeda@arabic-dancer.com

SAHARA has been teaching belly dance at Total Woman Gym in Northridge, CA since 2001. She studied belly dance training through Anja Christy and performed with Anja’s belly dance troupe, Anja’s Court, for seven years. Sahara danced with the troupe as they won the 2006 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition (Group Category) in Long Beach, CA. www.bellydance4fun.com - Call 805-298-7027 or bellydance4fun@yahoo.com

*SARAH AL NOUR'S BELLYDANCE CLASSES * Costa Mesa, CA / San Clemente, CA. Tribal Fusion Bellydancing/Bellydancing. It's time to focus on getting fit in a fun, supportive environment while exploring the blissful movements of bellydance. It is time to awaken and embrace your sensual self and discover the spiritual/emotional/physical integration this luscious dance offers you. EVERYONE can learn it, and anyone can enjoy it! Contact Sarah al Nour at 714 351 0636 or bellyssimadancer@yahoo.com or visit her website at www.bellyssimadancer.com

SAYAKA - CLASSES: A Muti-skilled performer, Sayaka Pereira teaches Bellydance fusion, Latin Jazz, Modern, Brazilian Samba, and various weapons in LA (private/semi-private), Pasadena (group) and in the Alhambra area. Sayaka has been training in her performing arts since the age of 6 internationally.
Super friendly and great energy – all levels welcome.
www.sayakapereira.com
or
info@sayakapereira.com

SERENA teaches beginning through advanced level belly dancing, focusing on Egyptian, cabaret, and fusion style in Irvine, CA and is also available for private and semi-private instruction. Her teaching style also incorporates ballroom and Polynesian influences in her belly dance classes. Contact Serena at DancinLadyBug95@aol.com or 714-865-5961.

SHAHIRA Shahira has been performing and teaching Belly Dance for the past thirty five years. She teaches in the Inland Empire and lives in Upland. Her classes are Beg, Intermediate and Mixed Level. Her dance style is Cabaret and Turkish, and she teaches finger cymbals, veil and dance technique. She offers classes for the cities of Ontario, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, and Upland. For more info or to contact Shahira, go to shahirasdance.com - MESHAHIRA@YAHOO.COM or shahira@shahirasdance.com Call 909 946 7808, or cell 951 205 1343

SHERRI HIGLEY, Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer - hotdjs4u@yahoo.com - 714 457 4649. Sherri has been dancing since the age of five. She studied Jazz, Hip Hop, and Country Line Dancing. Her love for Bellydancing began about 10 years ago.She took classes in college with Angelika Nemeth and then went on to study with Bellydance Superstars Ansuya and Rachel Brice. She has performed at the Merakeesh and Opah's in Las Vegas and has danced on Soultrain. Sherri has been teaching bellydancing for four years and is available for private parties and/or lessons. Current Classes held Newport Beach and Fountain Valley, California

SHERRI WHEATLEY - HotHipsBellydance@hotmail.com - 619-335-0901-- https://www.facebook.com/sherricherchezlafemme
Tribal Fusion Bellydance Classes: Culver City - taught in an 8 week series based format. Tribal Fusion is an ATS (American Tribal Style) based form of bellydance that has expanded to include stylistic elements of additional forms of dance such as traditional Indian, flamenco, ballet, hip hop and many others. Each pre-paid series had a slightly different focus whether it be conditioning, choreography or musicality. Each series also focuses on building very strong technique through drilling and repeating short combinations. Please contact instructor for information about how to register for the next series.

SHIRIN - 310-429-6228 - raqshirin@yahoo.com - www.raqshirin.com - Belly dance performer, solo and group - Egyptian style and American cabaret. Belly dance instruction, Beginning and intermediate level in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Westchester, and Manhattan Beach in Southern California. Shirin showed an early interest in dance, which she continued to nurture and develop. Her dance background includes Ballet, Jazz, Hip hop, Salsa, and Argentine Tango. Her passion for Belly dance was sparked at a Cairo Carnivale (Southern CA’s largest Belly dance event). Her passion for the art form of Belly dance is reflected in her varied technical training and captivating belly dance performances.

SPIRITDANCER, Sacramento, California, USA
http://www.spiritdanzer.com -
(916) 308-9059. Spiritdancer's Bellydance Classes are a workout for mind, body and Spirit! She teaches as a means of healing in Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights with separate classes for children and adults of various levels and believes that every man or woman has the right and potential to be truly balanced, joyful and explosively ALIVE through holistic movement and positive thought. Group and private classes in SPIRITDANZER Fusion Belly dance - a fusion of different disciplines of Belly dance, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Stretch, Lyrical, Classical Ballet, Hip-Hop, KRUMP and more.

STELLA - Encino and Los Angeles, California Egyptian Belly Dance and Brazilian Samba stella4dancing@gmail.com or (714) 337-8669 - Stella teaches Belly Dance Fusion (open level), Private Lessons and Workshops in Canoga Park, California.

TAHIYA is currently available for events in Southern California and is offering classes in the LA area (SANTA MONICA, CA). She is also a skilled henna artist and designer of bellydance costumes. With over 20 years of dance experience and a background of jazz, tap, and ballet, her dancing is infused with a unique flavor which allows her to be comfortable in many different styles of Middle Eastern dancing. Tahiya began her belly dance journey with Ansuya in 1999 and was a member of Ansuya's Los Angeles Yaleil! troupe for several years before moving to New Zealand. While living in New Zealand, Tahiya danced with local Wellington troupe "The Sisters of Sindbad," dancing at many local events and parties such as the Cuba Street Carnival and the Medievel Faire and practicing her choreography skills. An architect by day, Tahiya puts her creative talents to work and designs and makes many of her own costumes, including bras, belts & headbands. Belly Dance Classes: Tahiya has taken over the beginning and advanced classes at the YWCA in Santa Monica that were taught previously by fellow Yaleil members Olu and Akasha. Contact the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside, at 310.452.3881 for more information or email Tahiya, info@tahiya.net

TAJI - Group Clases and Individual Instruction, and Coaching. Belly Dance Group Classes: Taji specializes in teaching ZILLS. Learn the basic hip techniques, shimmies and muscle control of this fascinating dance form. A fun and exciting exercise--and a great way to stay fit in a supportive atmosphere - Long Beach, California. Private bellydance lessons and coaching: Taji is available for private coaching in competition preparation, performance styling, Turkish, Persian, cabaret and Fusion. Prices available upon inquiry. Call for info. 562-866-2873 or taji.the.bd8@gmail.com

Tamra-Henna teaches Basic Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Raqs Sharqi Bellydance Classes in West Los Angeles. For information about classes or wokshops, Email or call (310) 922-4362.


Veena and Neena, The Belly Twins! Bellydance - Dances of India, Los Angeles Area. BellyTwins, Veena and Neena, DVDs , The Bellywins Dances of India - Classes on Sundays- Ultimate fun and workout. Men, women, and children. Bhangra, Gypsy, India's bellydance. Call 888 41-BELLY for info.

VANESSA: Belly Dance classes: Vanessa offers group and private lessons in Belly Dance. Her patient and friendly personality makes her a student favorite everywhere! Classes are professional yet informal enough to provide a nurturing, relaxed environment for students to pick up the movements they have seen on stage. So impress your friends, rekindle that special spark with your partner, or just dance for the joy and health that accompany this form of unique body control. Even beginners learn all the basic moves of the sensuous belly dance! Each class focuses on each individual and personal needs, making sure you get the most benefits and have an amazing pleasant experience. Classes located in Woodland Hills , California. 310-923.5677 vanessa@vanessabellydance.com

VERONIKA - www.spyglassdancestudio.com - Tribal Fusion Belly Dance - American Tribal Style GS/TT Certified – Owner of Ye Olde Spyglass Institute of Dance and Enlightenment in Anaheim, CA.  
Veronika is a seasoned tribal fusion and FatChanceBellyDance© American Tribal Style performer and instructor based in Orange County, CA. She currently teaches Tribal Fusion, Zills and Drills, and FCBD ATS at Ye Olde Spyglass Institute of Dance and Enlightenment.  
Ye Olde Spyglass Institute of Dance and Enlightenment also offers classes in Cabaret Belly Dance, Dark Fusion Belly Dance, Ascend ATS, Ballet for Belly Dance, Modern Dance, Hip Hop Belly Fusion, World Belly Fusion, Burlesque, and flow art including Poi and Hoop. Our goal at Spyglass is to promote emotional, spiritual, and physical well being through dance and movement art. Visit www.spyglassdancestudio.comfor class schedules, workshops, and events, or email spyglassdancestudio@yahoo.com for more information. Ye Olde Spyglass Institute of Dance and Enlightenment, 122 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805. You can also email Veronika at veronikadancer@yahoo.com, or contact her by phone at 714-615-5708.

VICHELLE teaches beginning to advanced Raks Sharki/Egyptian, 'old-style' Beledi, Armenian Folk, and Lebanese Belly Dance in The Antelope Valley / East Lancaster, CA.  Learn to Dance with cane, basket, sword, shamadan, and veils. Learn about Middle Eastern Rhythms for zils and drum.  vichelle@gmail.com or 661-946-6917 or visit the web site at http://mysite.verizon.net/vichelles.

VILIA - With a strong foundation in ballet, tap and jazz, Vilia's teaching skills have placed her on staff at the University of California San Diego where she teaches foundational bellydance classes every quarter. More advanced levels of instruction are also offered for intermediate through professional level students at the La Jolla YMCA Firehouse. Level 3 certified in the acclaimed Suhaila Salimpour Certification Format, Vilia's instruction focusses on building a strong technical foundation from which any stylization of bellydance from glitzy Cabaret to soulful Tribal Fusion can benefit. Conditioning, proper posture, technique enhancing drills, combinations, choreography and improvisational skills are covered with an emphasis on proper technique, safety and professionalism. Vilia is also available for private and semi-private coaching, choreography, group workshops as well as advanced prop instruction. Vilia's weekly classes take place in the San Diego, CA area. info@viliadance.com or (858) 232-7417 or www.viliadance.com

ELENA - Zelenadancer@aol.com - Zelena has been teaching belly dancing since 2003 and currently teaches Beginning Belly dancing in Group Classes.  She is also available for private individual instruction on belly dance and Flamenco for those who are interested.  Private lessons are available by appointment. In the Belly Dance Group Classes you learn the basic hip techniques, shimmies and muscle control of this fascinating dance form.  Most classes are offered on a introductory and beginner level, covering finger cymbals, movements, props, costuming, and some choreography. Her classes include fundamentals of  the veil. Most of the classes are ongoing, repeating every 4-6 weeks.  Current Classes are held Los Angeles, Lancaster, and Ridgecrest/China Lake, California and she also teaches at her home and also makes dance costumes and jewelry! Coming Soon: Adult ballet for belly dancers.  Polish up your turns, gain flexibility and core strength and add grace and elegance to your arm movements.  Great addition to your belly dance curriculum. 

ZENOUBA - Zenoubadance@yahoo.com / (323) 868-8794 - Her teaching style is easy to follow, yet classes are challenging, fast paced and rewarding as she assists students in creating muscle memory by strengthening the mind / body connection through her exciting workout class "Bellyrobics" or "XoomHips." She also teaches the ancient and feminine art of Belly Dancing. This Class focuses on basic movement, veil, zills and isolations from countries throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Technique is taught and drilled in each class and strung together to create mini-choreographies. Classes held in Arcadia, Monrovia and City of Commerce in California. www.ZenBellyDance.com

ZHANNA - Los Angeles - Zhanna is a teacher who has a true gift when it comes to the art of belly dance. She has been a dedicated student and performer of many styles of dance for 14 years with a background in Russian, Armenian, and Greek folk dancing, as well as flamenco, cabaret, and hip-hop dance. This diverse background has given Zhanna a bellydance style that is uniquely her own and an impeccable understanding of the body and its movement capabilities. Contact her at (310) 988- 8377 or goddesszhanna@gmail.com for group lessons or private classes. Now teaching Bellydance classes twice a week in Sherman Oaks, CA.


DRUMMING CLASSES

Alex Spurkel, Doumbek Classes, Mid City Los Angeles, CA. As an instructor Alex is a clear and insightful. In addition to classical Arabic style, he is able to draw from many other traditions and easily share his insights with others. His warm and personable approach allows him to effectively teach any person how to connect with the rhythm and excel in the beautiful art of drumming. He is able to effectively break things down and present information in a way that makes it easy for students to learn...and have fun! Beginners and dancers who want to drum welcome! (323) 356-6435, alex@universaldrumming.com

Frank Lazzaro, Drummer, 739 Arden Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, (760) 942-1326, flazzaro@msn.com - DRUM CLASSES: Dumbeck-Middle Eastern drumming San Diego, CA


TO INFINITY AND . . .

BEYOND CALIFORNIA, BELLYDANCERS AND TEACHERS

CANADA - Robin De Danann 905-570-5473 - Everyday Bellydance For Health & Wellbeing -- Classes at various locations in Hamilton, ONTARIO, CANADA.ellydance offers you an artistic approach to exercise. We teach bellydance as a healthy movement practice for everyday. Enjoy a gentle workout while learning the basics of the dance. Benefits of this ancient feminine art form include strength, stamina, stretch, self-confidence, sensuality and spirituality.

FLORIDA

ORLANDO BELLYDANCER, JENNIFER - Orlando, Florida
Looking for belly dance classes in Orlando, FL? Jennifer offers private and semi-private instruction in Orlando and around Central Florida. Personal one-on-one coaching is the best way to learn, and it allows her to tap into and bolster your personal weaknesses and strengths. No individual is built the same, and this method really works in that it helps achieve results quicker and easier than you might expect! The small class size turns the focus on YOU and each belly dance class is designed to help you achieve your personal goals. http://www.bellydancebyjennifer.com/

TAMPA BAY BELLYDANCER, KIMARA - http://www.bellydancertampabay.com - Kimaradance@yahoo.com or 727-485-5444: Kimara is a professional bellydancer, fire performer, instructor, and choreographer in Tampa Bay, Florida. Having steadily performed professionally since 2003 at various events, venues and parties, she currently performs weekends at Mythos Greek Taverna in Clearwater as well as private parties and events. An artistic, athletic, and energetic entertainer and instructor, she specializes in 'fusion' bellydance, an eclectic though exciting blend of classic Amercian cabaret, Turkish and Indian Gypsy, and American tribal fusion styles, combining faster dynamic bellydance, folkloric, and slower serpentine moves and body isolations. She teaches fusion bellydancing for Hip Expressions Dance Studio, the area's premier bellydance studio. She is available for event performances, lessons and choreographies.


ILLINOIS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - ADONIA BELLY DANCER
Adonia@VintageBellyDance.com or (872) 216-7257
Type of Classes: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Weekly Classes. Private Lessons, Shimmy Parties, and Workshops.

This multi award winning instructor offers choreography and technique based belly dance classes for students of all levels. Her classes are a lot of fun and often include belly dance games while providing a well-rounded education. In class you will develop the basic skills necessary to build the strength, posture, muscle awareness, and mind-body connection to learn the art of belly dancing! You will learn foundational movements that include proper body isolations, basic steps, turns, shimmies, arm positions, rhythm and timing, and an introduction to veil and zills (finger cymbals)!

Higher level students learn more advanced layering, steps, combinations, choreography, floorwork, drum solos, and techniques to know how to put all these beautiful movements together so that you can create your own dance story.

In addition, higher level students also have the opportunity to learn prop work to include isis wings, asaya "aka cane", goblets, fan veils and even balancing props like candle tray and sword balancing! If you are really daring she even offers training in fire props like wands, fire eating, fire palms, fire sword, and even fire fans! http://www.VintageBellyDance.com/


GEORGIA

ANNALISA ENGELBACH - Bellydancer and Teacher in Savannah, Georgia.


NEVADA

Namira
- Lake Tahoe, Reno, NV, Sacramento CA - Namira@namiradance.com OR (530) 318-2142 currently teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College. Intermediate and Beginning Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance), and Beginning and Intermediate Jazz dance, All classes are held in the College dance studio. Private, semi-private, and small group classes are available by appointment at my studio, or at your location.  Please contact me for more information.Many different styles of dance are available for instruction, choreography and performances.  Middle Eastern (Belly dance), Hula, Tahitian, Ballet, Jazz, lyrical, hip hop, partnering, and Latin.  Exercise classes including private weight training, yoga and pilates, are also available upon request. "Dance lesson parties" are especially popular for bridal showers, baby showers, women's club meetings and birthday parties for women and little girls. Our dancers are available for "meet and greet" socializing at parties and events.


NEW MEXICO Bellydancers: Leyla Najma - Albuquerque


OREGON

Kathleen Clement: OREGON: BELLYCISE: Trim Your Midriff, Belly, Hips & Thighs. Using my 30 years of Belly Dancing experience in this ancient and intricate art form, I have created BELLYCISE.  You can strengthen and tone your body while you learn grace in movement.  Bellycise adapts to any fitness level because as you progress you become stronger and able to perform at a higher level of fitness and confidence.  Private and semi-private (2-3 students) sessions in my home studio located IN OREGON.  For further information 818-470-1834-cell, or coachclement@aol.com


PENNSYLVANIA

Dellaneira is currently available for private lessons for individual students or groups in Philadelphia, PA. When considering students for private lessons, Dellaneira will ask a series of questions that will help her tailor the class according to the needs and goals of the student(s).
www.dellaneira.com/ dellaneira83@gmail.com / 267-455-8402


TEXAS

AMARA is known for her innovative teaching methods. In her studio classes, she stresses strong foundational technique through combinations of choreography, improvisation, solo, and group work, while she also helps students explore the workings of Middle Eastern dance and their own individual needs. In addition, Amara presents information about the history of Middle Eastern and Belly Dance, differences between various genres, and issues facing dancers today. She has taught accredited courses on dance appreciation and Middle Eastern dance at UCLA and UCR, and workshops at a number of universities and colleges. Ongoing studio classes in AUSTIN, TEXAS for Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced. Amara is also available for private lessons and coaching. 512-694-3679 or www.amaradances.com. amara@amaradances.com.


APRIL ROSE, of Bellydance Superstars. BELLY DANCER AND TEACHER, April Rose has been belly dancing Tribal Fusion and Egyptian Cabaret for 12 years and is a member of the internationally renowned dance company, Bellydance Superstars. She was also a member of the award winning, world-touring troupe UNMATA. aprilrose@aprilrosedance.com - www.aprilrosedance.com

 



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